If you’ve been reading this blog for more than about five minutes, you’ve probably realized that I’m not a huge adrenaline junkie. In fact many of the more daring activities I tried, like duck-hunting or surfing, I completely failed at all together. But...Read More
After failing to sleep on a six-hour long bus ride from Sihanoukville during which the driver mercilessly blared Khmer pop music at top-volume, I was thrilled to reach Phnom Penh. And after being charmed by Siem Reap, I was expecting to adore Cambodia’s capital city. But...Read More
Ah, France. The country that I called home for nearly a year. The land I tearfully left almost four months ago. There was so much about living in France that was lovely; I particularly miss all the French goodies that are difficult to procure here in Asia, like wine, cheese and...Read More
It’s no secret that I was unhappy for the first month or so of my Asia trip. Okay fine. I was inexplicably miserable for the first month of my trip. I descended into a dark place where I battled depression, anxiety and an overall despair for the future. For a while I...Read More
Judging by what I had read about Koh Rong, I had anticipated a Robinson Carusoe-esque paradise, a white-sand island getaway from modern life. And while Koh Rong is certainly lacking in modern facilities (i.e. electricity), what I found was more of a beer-guzzling...Read More
What could be written about the temples of Angkor that hasn’t been written before? Well after reading countless blog posts and travel articles about the temple complex, I thought there was no way I’d enjoy visiting: it’s simply too well-known, touristy and...Read More
After arriving on a ten-hour bus journey from Bangkok which included a scam-ridden border crossing, pothole-riddled country roads and okay fine, the hangover from hell, the last thing I expected when I opened my bleary eyes was to find a charming Cambodian city. From what I had...Read More
Due to my upcoming trip to Indonesia (only two more weeks now!) I wanted to share this guest post on how to travel for free in Indonesia.Read More
If anything, at the end of this Asia trip I will be able to say that this continent has changed me. I’m not certain of much at present, but I know that I will be a different person when I leave Asia than when I arrived- hopefully a slightly older, more balanced, more confident, more courageous version of myself.Read More
Oh, Koh Tao. The little Thai island that seems to have it all: palm tree-dotted beaches with colorful longboats anchored offshore, bumping nightlife, diving for days and a bevy of restaurants and brunch spots that would make any foodie swoon. I spent a full two weeks on Koh Tao, and left enamored with this little rock in the sea.
Here are the reasons it was so hard to leave Koh Tao.Read More
In order to satisfy my France cravings now that I’m in Asia, I’ve been reading quite a few novels that take place in France. I found one, The Cleaner of Chartres, to be particularly special and wanted to share it with you.
The Cleaner of Chartres, by Salley Vickers, tells the story of Agnès Morel, a quiet and steadfast young woman who tends the ancient cathedral of Notre-Dame in Chartres, France. A longtime resident of Chartres, her past is troubled and masked in mystery.Read More
After the hustle, bustle and huge skyscrapers of Hong Kong, Macau was a breath of fresh air. In fact it was almost like a little European vacation within Asia.
Along with Hong Kong, Macau is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, meaning it maintains a good deal of its own political and economic autonomy. Macau was colonized by Portugal in the 1550s, and only recently regained control from Portugal in 1999. Though I didn’t hear any Portuguese on the island, the Iberian influence was everywhere from the pastel-colored buildings to the Portuguese-language street signs.Read More
Let me start this by confessing something- I’m a giant scaredy cat. I think my parents are honestly just surprised that I’ve survived this long traveling the world because I’m scared of… well, everything. My greatest chilldhood fear was sharks (which I was convinced were lurking in the country club pool), but deep water, rats and the dark all rank pretty high on my terror scale.Read More